The other options are change to the formation around so that they do not need a main man upfront.
There has been lots of speculation in Italy about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future. He did not start against Udinese as there was talk of him leacing Turin this summer and he was linked with a move to Man City. Man City’s main target was Kane, but it has now been confirmed that he will stay at Tottenham. That could see the Portuguese becoming their main option of signing a number 9.
The Portuguese, even though he became popular as a winger, has become a superb striker throughout his career. His physique allows him to reach impossible balls and his powerful shots have helped him score around 30 goals a season since turning 23. At that time, he was playing for Man Utd.
Therefore, if joined Pep Guardiola’s side, he would very likely be the main man upfront. The coach, who likes playing passing and one touch football, could buy him to make his team even sharper. The lack of goals has been a problem for Man City and it has led to them just missing out on trophies. This was the case in the 2020-21 Champions League final.
If Man City decide not to go for Cristiano Ronaldo, Guardiola will still have other ways of compensating the lack of goals upfront. This could lead to altering attacking positions such as that Gabriel Jesus or even playing Kevin de Bruyne as a false 9.